Careers and VET Newsletter May 2019

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Careers & VET News
May, 2019 

From the Careers Adviser...

As the term rapidly draws to a close, girls are busy working on assignments and/or preparing for exams. In the midst of this, many girls have been proactively seeking advice regarding their future careers. I commend them on their foresight and their conscientiousness.
Many of our Year 10s have recently participated in the Career Avenues Program. I hope that they learned new and interesting things about themselves that will help them with their future career development.
This will be the last time that I greet you as the Careers Adviser at St Ursula's College. I am moving to Brisbane and will take up a position at Brisbane Girls Grammar School next term. Anthea Gray will step into the role and will bring her considerable knowledge, expertise and counselling skills to the position. Our students' career development is in safe hands. I have been blessed to have had the privilege of being a part of the lives of so many students over the past 18 years. 
Louise Walls
Careers Adviser



Australian Defence Force
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Career Exploration
Gap Year Program News
Open Days, Expos, Career Markets
Private Provider Updates
QTAC and Tertiary Entry
Financial Assistance and Scholarships
Study Skills
TAFE Queensland Update


Australian Defence Force

ADF Gap Year is open!
You can now apply for the 2020 Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year, to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force. It’s an opportunity to experience military life, without committing to a longer period. An ADF Gap Year is a way to have an adventurous year, gain valuable skills and work experience and get paid for it. In 2020 there are 25 roles to choose from including: Requirements:
  • Australian citizen
  • Aged between 18 and 24 years on admission
  • Year 12 completion (required passes vary by job)
Watch Gap Year Videos here. Applications are available for a short time. This is a very popular program, so if you have a serious interest in it, apply now. See the Defence Jobs websitefor more information and to apply.
Defence Work Experience Program
Work experience is one way to find out if a military life is for you. Visit the Defence Work Experience website(click on ‘Placements’ and ‘Qld’) for a list of work experience opportunities to view a list of currently published opportunities for the year. You will need to speak to the Careers Adviser about applying. This is a popular program, so start your application early.
Upcoming Events:
25/03/2019 to 28/03/2019 Army Field and Familiarisation Program Enoggera, QLD
01/04/2019 to 30/11/2019 Air Traffic Control Familiarisation: RAAF Amberley, QLD - Flexible Dates
01/04/2019 to 30/11/2019 Mechanical Equipment and Operation Maintenance Workshop: RAAF Amberley, - Flexible Dates
29/04/2019 to 01/05/2019 Airforce Familiarisation Program Amberley, QLD
29/04/2019 to 02/05/2019 Army Field and Familiarisation Program Enoggera, QLD
20/05/2019 ADF Malaria and Infectious Disease Institute (ADFMIDI) - Research Facility Enoggera, QLD
27/05/2019 to 30/05/2019 Army Field and Familiarisation Program Enoggera, QLD


Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Can I start an apprenticeship or traineeship at school?
Starting an apprenticeship or traineeship while still at school is a real option. It’s important that you have a strong sense of what you want to do when you leave school. You might like to undertake some work experience in the area before you make the commitment. It’s important that you talk to your parents and people at your school, like your VET Coordinator, Guidance/Career Counsellor, Teachers or support staff to gain a good understanding of your options. If you are interested in an apprenticeship or traineeship while you are still at school, you would start a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SATs).
The major advantage of a SAT is getting a head start on the training you will require for the job you want when you leave school, while still being eligible to complete your secondary education. Normally, when you have a SAT, you spend one or two days with your employer and the rest of the week at school. You will also be required to do a formal course through TAFE or another registered training organisation in addition to your on-the-job-training.
It is possible to complete a traineeship while you are still at school. Apprenticeships, however, normally take longer. School-based apprenticeships are usually converted to full-time apprenticeships when you leave school. Find out more about SATs on the following website: Organise an interview with your school’s VET Coordinator and/or Guidance Counsellor/Officer to talk about SATs.
Having a driving licence may give you an edge when applying for an apprenticeship
In some trade areas employers are more likely to take on an apprentice who has a driver’s licence. This is especially true in the construction industry where there are multiple and changing worksites. Having to depend on parents and/or public transport to get to the worksite may not be practical or even possible.
If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, especially in the construction industry, consider applying for your learner licence when you become eligible (16 years of age). Once you turn 17, have 100 hours or more of supervised driving experience and pass the practical driving test, you will be issued a provisional licence. This licence allows you to drive unsupervised. Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads websiteto find out more about obtaining a driver’s licence.

Career Exploration

Business and Commerce degree - What’s the difference?
Institutions differ in what they call a business-related degrees. Queensland University of Technology includes all business specialisations/majors in its Bachelor of Business. Griffith University and The University of Queensland offer both a business degree and a commerce degree with different specialisations/majors in each degree. When researching business/commerce degrees, identify the specialisations or majors offered as this may influence the types of jobs you can apply for immediately after you graduate. Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CA) believe ‘business’ focuses on how individual organisations operate, while ‘commerce’ focuses more on the wider commercial and economic environment.
Careers with STEM online magazines
The Careers with STEM websitehas recently released its 2019 Careers with Science and Careers with Data Science magazines. The magazines are packed full of short articles, information about courses, case studies and activities. You can download them or read them on line.
The High Five of career development
The High Five are wise concepts to follow when making career decisions.
  1. Change is constant- The world of work is always changing. You also change as you develop personally and experience life. Don’t be afraid of change; accept it and use it as an opportunity.
  2. Know yourself and follow your heart- A most important skills in career management is self-awareness – knowing your interests, abilities, values, aspirations and the things/people that influence you. Start your job ideas list with jobs you would most like (dream jobs) even if they are currently unrealistic. This can get you started and lead to other jobs you hadn’t thought of.
  3. Focus on the journey- It is good to have goals, both short and long term.  However, we should not be so focused on these that we miss opportunities that may emerge along the way.
  4. Learning is ongoing- Learning doesn’t stop just because you finish your course and get a job. Just as change is constant so is the need to keep up to speed with new technologies, new methods of practice and emerging trends in your career field.
  5. Access your allies- These are the people who can help and support you during your career journey, your school guidance officer/counsellor, teachers, your family and friends, sport coaches and others within your social network. You can learn much from other people’s experiences.

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2019
NYSF is a 12-day residential program that runs during the summer school holidays each January in Brisbane and Canberra. The program is for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields. Students apply to attend this program through their local Rotary Club. Expressions of interest are now open and will close on 31 May 2019. Visit the NYSF websitefor detailed information about the application.


Employment assistance through Ostara Australia
Ostara Australiais a national not-for-profit organisation that works closely with the Australian Government, member organisations, communities and employers to place people disadvantaged through age, health, disability or cultural background into sustainable employment.
Their website offers a range of services for job seekersincluding:
  • Assistance with Job Search & Interviews
  • Ongoing Support for a smooth transition into your new job
  • A National Network of Employers
  • Specialist Mental Health Services
  • Personalised Support & Mentoring
  • Work Ready Training
  • Skill Development
  • Goal Setting
  • Resume Building
  • Career Counselling
  • Links with Countless Wellbeing Services
Visit the websiteto learn more about this organisation and the services it offers.


A survival guide for the coming AI revolution
This article from a recent Conversation newsletter suggests three survival steps below. Access this entertaining article here.
  • Recognising AI – Accept that AI is already here.
  • Identify where AI thrives - Have a look around and note the tasks that require huge amounts of data processing.  AI is particularly good at any task that requires an enormous amount of repetitive processing.  Avoid these jobs.
  • Devise an action plan – There are two options here: resist or make friends with AI.  The author suggests the latter plan will be more productive.
Non-Cognitive Skills - What are they?
Non-cognitive skills are also important for getting future jobsAccording to a recent article from the World Economic Forum, cognitive skills (e.g. your results in academic subjects) have been used in the past to measure the calibre of a job candidate. However, a report by the Hamilton Project, an economic think-tank, suggests that non-cognitive skills are becoming increasingly important. Non-cognitive skills are often called ‘soft skills’. They are the skills we need to effectively interact and communicate with others and to take leadership and collaborative roles in team activities. They also include critical thinking, problem solving, and attributes such as initiative, attention to detail and self-motivation. The Hamilton Project argue that these skills are crucial for success in today’s labour market for the following reasons:
  • Today’s jobs demand more non-cognitive skills than they did in the past.
  • The labour market increasingly rewards those with non-cognitive skills.
  • Those with effective non-cognitive skills are more likely to be in full time employment.
  • Those with fewer non-cognitive skills are being left behind.
Read the articleto learn about the research data on which these reasons are based.
Robots are Becoming our Colleagues - FYA
Robots are becoming our colleagues and we should realise how great this is. We have been told repeatedly that automation is going to take over our jobs. However, this article suggests that we are entering a world of wonderful opportunity and not one of digital doom and gloom. In the future, robots will perform more and more jobs, which will make our enterprising (and ultimately human) skills, more sought after than ever. Computers will likely continue to become extensions of our ideas and processes, not a force to be competed with. Read the full article on the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) website.
Thinking of a job in Hospitality?
If you’re young and work in hospitality, you need to read this! This article looks at the things you need to know so you don’t get ripped off.  Topics include pay, breaks, sick leave, and trials. Access the article from the FYA website.
What are the most in–demand job skills for the future?
In 2018, the Herald Sun published the article 'The most valuable skill in 2020 and beyond'. It raises the idea that the ‘ability to learn’ will be your most valuable asset in the new work world. It goes further to state, “flexibility, agility, adaptability, creative problem solving; these are all important skills for the future,”... but you can’t ‘learn agility’”. The article identifies advice for staying relevant in the future including:
  1. Focus on the stuff that humans are good at
  2. Study something you enjoy
  3. Learn how to learn
  4. Take the emotion out of it
  5. Embrace automation
  6. Learn how to be resilient
An interesting article in how to prepare for the workforce of the future. You can read the full articleon the Sun Herald’s website.
Youth Jobs PaTH Internships (trial)
Youth Jobs PaTH help young people aged 15-24 develop the right skills ready for employers to hire them. Youth Jobs PaTH provides Employability Skills Training to equip young people for work and help them understand the expectations of employers. The training is delivered by Registered Training Organisations and helps ensure young people have vital skills such as presentation, communication and teamwork.
PaTH internships helps job seekers gain work experience by taking on a placement with a local business for between 4 - 12 weeks. During this time, the job seeker has an opportunity to show an employer what they can do and how they fit into the business. Internships are unpaid however, interns will receive an extra $200 a fortnight on top of their income support payment. There is the potential to be given a full-time job at the end of the traineeship. Visit the Jobactive PaTH sitefor more information.
To be eligible to participate in a Youth Jobs PaTH internship, job seekers must:  

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

GAP Year Program News

Gap Year Program events
There are a number of Gap Year Program updates including:
Upcoming Events:
01/03/2019 ADF Gap Year Applications Open Online
06/08/2019 Southern Cross Cultural Exchange: Information Sessions Brisbane, QLD



Australian Indigenous Education Foundation
The Australian Indigenous Education Foundationprovides scholarships that enable Indigenous students in financial need to attend leading Australian schools and universities. The program is founded on the belief that students will have the greatest chance of succeeding at school if the decision to enrol is one made by the family and the student in conjunction with the school. Visit their website where you can use the search menu to find out more about AIEF Partner Schools, Colleges and scholarship options.
Indigenous Accountants Australia website
Indigenous Accountants Australiais a combined network of the major accounting bodies in Australia - CPA Australia and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. They raise awareness of the benefits of accounting within Indigenous communities and connect Indigenous students to careers in the business world. Together they work with some of the major employers in the business world to promote accounting as a profession and offer support to all Indigenous students undertaking business, finance and accounting studies. 
Their website contains information for students regarding: Visit the resource section of their website to view a range of interesting videosincluding: There are also a number of Scholarshipsavailable on their website including:
  • CPA Australia Scholarship- CPA Australia sponsors up to five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships. The scholarships aim to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to meet the educational requirements for CPA status. The scholarship entitles recipients to exemption from all CPA Program professional level segment fees and their first year of CPA Australia membership fees, at Associate level.
  • Chartered Accountants ANZ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships. Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand has proudly launched two new scholarships to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander accounting graduates complete the CA program and become a Chartered Accountant. Recipients of the scholarship will be future leaders in business and accounting, contributing to both the Indigenous community of Australia and the accounting profession.
  • Chartered Accountants ANZ Benevolent Foundation- The Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation was established in response to the challenging circumstances facing members of the accounting profession, their families and the wider community. The Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation operates two funds to assist marginalised and disadvantaged Australians: the Necessitous Circumstances Fund and the Scholarship Fund.
  • The Fay Nash Walker Wayland Scholarship- A scholarship to help those wishing to study accounting or economics at The Sydney University or to those who currently are.
To find out more, visit the website.
Indigenous Scholarships Portal
The Indigenous Scholarship Portalhelps students find over 300 scholarships for undergraduate study at Australian universities as well as more than 100 postgraduate scholarships for study in Australia and overseas. The Indigenous Scholarships Portalprovides a list of scholarships available for Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander students currently studying at universities, TAFEs or registered training organisations (RTO’s). The Indigenous Scholarships Portal is delivered by the Aurora Education Foundation. 


Open Days

Chartered Accountant Information Session
The CPA Australia offers a number of information sessions in Brisbane during the year. These sessions allow you to learn more about the CPA Program including, course structure, application process and practical experience requirements. Information sessions for 2019are yet to be announced so keep an eye on their website for future dates. However, you can view a recorded webinaranytime to listen to their ‘Become a CPA Information Session’. 
Endeavour College of Natural Health
The Endeavour College of Natural Healthhosts regular events, Open Days and webinars to help you take that first step towards a career in natural health. Check their events websiteregularly for updates of upcoming Endeavour-hosted events and supported events. Endeavour College offers bachelor degree courses in natural medicine. Areas covered include Acupuncture, Myotherapy, Naturopathy, Nutritional and Dietetic medicine and Complementary Medicine. 
Upcoming Events:
25/03/2019 Studying Online at Endeavour College of Natural Health - Webinar Online
World Science Festival (WSF) - Taking science out of the lab and on to the streets
Most of the Festival events will be held between 20 – 24 March 2019 in Brisbane and some regional locations. Visit the WSF websitefor a look at the exciting presentations and activities available (some of which are already booked out). An event not to miss is Street Scienceto be held from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March at the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank.
Upcoming Events:
20/03/2019 to 24/03/2019 World Science Festival
23/03/2019 to 24/03/2019 Street Science Brisbane, QLD


Private Provider Updates

Charlton Brown
Charlton Brown is a private registered training organisation and employment agency that trains and places graduates in employment locally, nationally and internationally. It is in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and offers courses in Early Childhood, Aged Care, School Aged Children, Disability Support, Youth Work, Business and Leadership and Welfare and Community Services. If you are interested in finding out more about these courses, visit the website.
Jschool is a private college that offers an accredited one-year Diploma of Journalism. The course prepares students for an entry-level position in journalism. For more information, visit the Jschool website.
Medical Administration Training (MAT)
MAToffers accredited training for employment in the health industry through face-to-face and online courses such as:
  • Medical Reception & Terminology Course
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Administration
  • Certificate III Business Administration
  • Diploma of Practice Management
  • Infection Control in a Health Setting
  • Managing difficult and challenging behaviours
  • Develop Keyboarding Speed & Accuracy
MAT is an approved supplier for Certificate III Guaranteefunding. Visit the websitefor more information.
Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges Short Courses
The Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges(QATC) training hubs and Colleges offer a range of short coursestailored to the needs of a regional area. Working with industry, they develop courses that are current and relevant to participants and delivered by qualified instructors with the skills and experience to provide valuable training. Short courses typically involve from three to forty hours of training (although duration can range up to five days) which can be tailored to meet specific individual and enterprise needs. Some example courses include:
  • Access AG
  • Advanced Agricultural Skills
  • Advanced Rural Business Skills
  • Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care, General Practice and Surgical)
  • Animal Studies (General Animal Care, Veterinary Nursing)
  • Basic Machinery Maintenance
  • Farm Business Management
For a full list of all their courses, please visit their Course Finderwebpage.



QTAC & Tertiary Entry

Comparing OPs and ATARs
All states in Australia, except Queensland, call their Year 12 tertiary entry score an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). The ATAR is a number between 0 and 99.95 (highest) with increments of 0.05. The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) currently provides all Tertiary Entrance data (OP/FPs and ATAR) to QTAC. From 2020 QTAC, not QCAA, will calculate the ATAR. If you are applying for interstate courses, the relevant tertiary admissions centre can obtain your ATAR directly from QTAC. Tables converting OPs to QTAC selection ranks and QTAC selection ranks to ATARs can be accessed from the QTAC website. Note that these tables are based on 2018 Year 12 resultsso can be used as a guide only. You can learn more about ATARs and how to obtain an ATAR statement from the Student Connectwebsite.
I’m not eligible for an OP. Can I still apply for courses through QTAC?
Yes, when you apply to QTAC, you will be given an OP ineligible rank based on your best 20 semester units of Authority subjects, Authority-registered subjects and Vocational Education and Training (VET) recorded in your Learning Account. Sitting for the QCS Test could improve your OP ineligible rank and could be an advantage. Use the OP Ineligible Estimator on the QTAC website(scroll down to the OP Ineligible Estimator) or talk to the Careers Adviser to get an idea of how QTAC will calculate your OP ineligible rank.
You may receive additional ranks if you complete other qualifications that can be included in your Learning Account (e.g. Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma or acceptable music/speech and drama qualifications). If you receive more than one rank, the rules of the institutions you apply for will determine which of these ranks becomes your first order rank (the rank used for your competitiveness). Note that you must still meet the subject prerequisites and any other entry requirements of the courses you apply for.
Interstate Tertiary Applications
In addition to applying through QTAC for Queensland tertiary courses, you can apply for courses in other states. All states except Tasmania use a tertiary admission's centre. All applications are online. You should familiarise yourself with the application processes key dates for applications.  
What are minimum selection thresholds (previously referred to as cutoffs)?
The minimum selection threshold is the minimum adjusted score (OP/rank) that was considered for an offer of a place to all applicants in the January 16, 2019 offer round. The minimum selection threshold was previously referred to as a 'cut-off'. Minimum selection thresholds vary from year to year, and from offer round to offer round, depending on the number and quality of applicants a course receives.


Financial Assistance & Scholarships

Bond Scholarships applications open shortly
Bond University's Scholarship Program encompasses a range of awards available to both Australian and international students at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Bond offers a number of full-fee and part-fee scholarships to the best and brightest applicants each semester and are designed to reward and encourage students who have excelled in the areas of academia, leadership, community and sporting. If you believe you have what it takes,submit an application. Click hereto download the Bond 2020 Scholarship Brochure where you will find more information and application opening and closing dates.
Budgeting as a Student – tips on how to manage your money with new expenses!
The University of Queensland has published a ‘Budgeting as a Student’webpage to provide some penny pinching tips for university students. Some of the suggestions include:
  • Going to Market Dayduring O-Fest to collect free pens
  • Checking if your textbooks are available second hand
  • Keeping your books in good condition and selling themat the end of the semester
The website goes further to provide tips on:
  • Staying fed
  • Getting around
  • Social life and wellness
There are multiple links to other resources and organisations throughout the website. Be sure to check it out if you are considering university next year!
Tafe Queensland: Fashion Design and Merchandising Scholarship
Tafe Queenslandin partnership with Professor Jimmy Choo offers a scholarshipto study Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising. The scholarship is worth $5000. To be eligible to apply for the scholarship you must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and be an enrolled or prospective student. For more information about the scholarshipand the diploma of applied fashion design and merchandisingvisit the Tafe Queensland website

Study Skills

Are you an expert procrastinator?
Do you regularly and voluntarily delay or postpone something until a later date? You are probably aware that procrastination can be counterproductive as it can cause stress and guilt and make life more difficult in the long term. So, why not do something about this unhelpful habit. Seek Learning offers the following procrastination tips.
  • Set goals and schedules- Your first step is to understand exactly how much study you need to do each week and make yourself accountable by setting specific, achievable goals and making a schedule. You’re far less likely to procrastinate if you tell yourself that you’ve allocated study for a specific part of the day than if you just promise to study sometimetoday.
  • Eat the frog- The author Mark Twain knew about productivity, and famously advised people to “eat a live frog” first thing in the morning - figuratively, of course. The live frog is the biggest and most important task of the day, and it’s often the most unpleasant. Your ‘live frog’ is the task most likely to lead to procrastination if you don’t tackle it straight away. By eating the frog first, you can get on with your day knowing the toughest job has already been achieved.
  • Dangle a carrot- Is there something else you’d rather be doing? Think of that more enjoyable activity as a carrot you can dangle in front of yourself. Promising yourself a reward after you’ve completed your study session can be a wonderful motivator to get it done.
  • Eliminate temptation- What temptations usually lure you into procrastination mode? Figure out what they are and then eliminate them so you can focus on your study goals. For example, if you find it hard to sit down and study when you know household chores need to be done, take your books or laptop to the local library, where laundry and dishes can be put out of sight and mind. If you find yourself checking emails or browsing Facebook, download a productivity app that blocks certain websites on your computer for a set period of time.
  • Forget perfection- Many of us procrastinate because we fear failure, we’re intimidated by a task, or because we put ourselves under pressure to do something perfectly. Instead of aiming for perfection or feeling overwhelmed, focus on just getting started. Simply read the first page of your text book, or begin jotting down notes for your essay. Getting something done is far better than doing nothing at all and you’ll often find that once you get the ball rolling, your motivation to continue will increase.
Visit Seek Learningfor more study tips. While you’re at the computer watch a video on How to stop procrastinating.


TAFE Queensland Updates


Interested in a career in fashion?
In 2018, TAFE Queensland published an article  about Tyler Iwinski who started his journey into the glamorous world of fashion through the TAFE at School program. He has just completed his fashion degree at TAFE and went onto do an internship with Brisbane-based The New Garde. You can read the full article “Say Yes to Success” online.
TAFE at School
TAFE at SchoolCourse: If you are a Year 10, 11 or 12 student you're eligible to participate in the TAFE at School program. You can choose from a number of exciting and varied certificate II and certificate III courses. A TAFE at School course can be achieved in conjunction with your senior studies and can count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Completing a TAFE at School course is also a great way to open up new pathways to university.


ACU: Community Achiever Program
The Community Achiever’s Program (CAP) at ACU considers the contribution you have made to your community through your school, local community organisations, cultural and/or religious groups, not just your OP or rank, for entry to ACU courses. An additional benefit of this program is that successful applicants receive an early offer of a course place. 
The dates for entry in 2020 are:
  • Applications open on Wednesday 1 May 2019
  • Applications close on Tuesday 30 July 2019
  • Early offers to study in 2020 will be released by the end of September 2019.
Also, Community Achievers will benefit from opportunities to enhance their leadership and volunteering skills while at ACU. Visit the Community Achievers’ websiteto view videos on how to prepare, submit and monitor your CAP application.
Upcoming Events:
30/07/2019 ACU: Community Achiever’s Program application closes
ANU: Flexible programs
ANU, located in Canberra, offers a range of flexible (e.g. B Laws/B Actuarial Studies) and vertical (e.g. B Arts/Master of International Relations) double degree programs. Find out about the options available on the website. Queensland students may be interested in the scholarships offered at ANU. 
These include: Students interested in applying for ANU courses are required to apply through UACby the end of September each year.
Bond: Ideas Camp
Have you got an idea that will set the world on fire? Are you unsure of what career path you want to take, but know that you want to blaze your own trail? Bond University are holding a one day business bootcamp for the up and coming entrepreneurs. Throughout the day you will hear from some of Australia’s most successful young entrepreneurs. For more information visit the Bond university website.
Bond: Student for a Semester
Bond University’s Student for a Semester program gives high achieving Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to gain an authentic university experience before they finish high school. Student for a Semester students enrol in a Bond University subject, attend lectures and tutorials on campus, complete assignments and sit their subject exams.They mix with other uni students, meet academics and get involved in university life.
Applications for the May 2019 semester are open from Friday, 15 March and close Friday, 26 April. Download a copy of the January 2019 Student for a Semester Timetable to review a list of the subjects that were available in the January semester as an example. Subjects change from semester to semester and the May timetable will be available online once applications open on 15 March. 
CQU: Campus Update
CQUniversity has 16 campuses including newly merged regional Queensland campuses in Gladstone, Emerald, Mackay and Rockhampton along with existing campuses in Adelaide, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Noosa, Sydney and Townsville. You can view all current CQU locations here.
CQU: Up coming events.
  • Big Fish Cairns- Big Fish will bring together 60 budding entreprenuers from our region, aged 13 – 25, for three days of intensive and fun learning through doing. You’ll be guided through a creative entrepreneurship process to solve social problems. You WILL start a new social enterprise in three days!
  • STEPS Information Session- Need a little help to meet the entry requirements of your chosen university course? Or perhaps you just want some additional support to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully enter and undertake further study. Find out how CQUniversity can be the support to your study and take the first step toward a brighter future with our Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course.
You can view more CQU events here.
GU: 2019 Griffith STEM Roadshow
Discover more about the exciting career opportunities available to students who study STEM disciplines and how Griffith University can help make those careers a reality. Join them for an interactive evening, hearing from Griffith University STEM researchers to gain an understanding of the exciting programs offered at the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan campuses.Find out how best to place yourself in tomorrow’s job market and find out more about the diversity and uniqueness of Griffith's STEM programs.
Upcoming Events:
14/05/2019 Griffith STEM Roadshow Toowoomba
GU: Careers in Commerce
This is a mini-conference for Year 11 and 12 students. It will introduce students to a range of careers available for commerce and business graduates in accounting, economics, business law, finance and financial planning. The next event will be held in May 2019. Keep an eye on the Griffith University websitefor registration details. Talk to your business teacher or Guidance Officer/Counsellor if you would like to attend this day as registrations are made through your school. For more information, visit the website.
GU: International students studying Year 12 in Australia
International students have three options when applying to study at Griffith:
  • Apply directly using the online application form found on the website
  • Apply through a registered Griffith international agent
  • Apply through QTAC or UAC
International students applying directly or through an agent can submit their application to Griffith International at any time during Year 12. For those applying through QTAC or UAC, Griffith International will make a conditional offer for the student's highest course preference in November. Click herefor more information.
Entry requirements for international students:
  • Academic entry requirements: offers will be conditional on last year's OP minimum selection thresholds
  • English entry requirements: 4SA in Authority English or English for ESL Learners; or an approved English language test.
Medical Schools in Australia
Queensland students interested in gaining entry to a medical course can apply to medical schools throughout Australia. TheAustralian Medical Council websitehas a list of Australian medical schools with links to each school. There are three major entry points for medical courses in Queensland. 
These are:
  • Direct entry from Year 12 (Bond University and James Cook have this type of entry)
  • Graduate entry after completing an undergraduate degree (Griffith University and the University of Queensland have this type of entry)
  • Provisional entry for high achieving Year 12 students (Griffith University and the University of Queensland have this type of entry)
Some of the other states/territories also offer these three pathways. Visit the following websites for more information about medical studies pathways in Australia.  
Monash University: Global Immersion Guarantee
Arts – Global Immersion Guarantee - The Monash Arts Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) is a ground-breaking initiative – a guaranteed two-week overseas study experience for all first year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Global Studies students, with the cost of airfares, accommodation and local travel covered as part of the program. Students will study the impact of the global movement of people and goods on environmental sustainability. The program is open to all students who have successfully completed one semester of their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Global Studies single or double degree and are in good academic standing. For more information visit the Global Immersion Guaranteewebpage.
Monash University: Residential Services
Engaging with new residents – To assist new residents in their transition to living on campus, Monash Residential Services (MRS) runs a two week Orientation Program from mid-February, with a huge array of activities and events to ensure those arriving for the first time make lots of new friends, both within their hall, as well as with other residents on campus. The MRS Orientation Program also includes some mandatory training for all residents to assist them with living independently and making the right choices, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills to be part of a safe and respectful community. Students can visit the accommodation webpageto get a feel for the living on campus at Monash.
QUT: BlueShift Case Competition
BlueShiftis a business case competition hosted by the QUT Business School for year 11 and 12 high school students. It provides entrants the opportunity to work on a real business problem, for a real business and present in front of industry experts.
Students compete against teams from across the globe. Prizes include scholarships, cash and a prize packs from sponsors. Teams of 3-4 students can register until midday Monday 29 April with finalists announced in early May. Find moreinformation on the business case, how to enter and what to expect.
QUT: New Education precinct and Sphere unveiled
QUT has opened their state-of-the-artEducation Precincton the Kelvin Grove campus. The Precinct provides contemporary flexible and technology-equipped teaching spaces, and its centrepiece is the Sphere -- a five-metre diameter LED globe suspended over two floors which is complemented by a 4.8 metre-wide interactive digital wall screen. The Sphere and digital touchscreen will be learning and teaching tools. Check it out in the Easter holidays.
QUT: Queensland University of Technology special entry programs
The following are special entry programs offered by QUT. Extra bonus entry points (OPs and ranks)/Adjustment Factors can be allocated through these programs. The maximum number of bonus points/Adjustment Factors a student can receive for QUT courses is 5 OPs or 10 ranks. Details about the following programs can be accessed here.
  • Educational Access Scheme (EAS)- This programhelps students who may have experienced educational disadvantage during their preparation for tertiary study. Students can receive a bonus of up to three OPs or six ranks and other benefits. Applications are via the QTAC application by completing the Educational Access Scheme section. If you're from a low-income background, you may be eligible for the Q-Step Scheme under the EAS financial hardship category. The Q-Step Scheme offers a guaranteed Equity scholarship to successful applicants in addition to the OP or rank bonus.  Visit the EAS webpage on the QTAC website here.
  • Elite Athlete Entry Program - this programhelps elite athletes (coaches, referees, competitors) gain entry to QUT courses through an entry bonus of up to three OPs or six ranks. The program assists its students to manage the demands of their studies and their sport.
  • Year 12 subject scheme – this program is for students who have successfully completed certain subjects at school or university level units. The school subjects eligible for adjustments include: Mathematics C, Physics, Languages other than English (LOTE) and Aerospace Studies or Engineering Technology. You can qualify for up to four OPs or eight ranks.
QUT: World Science Festival Street Science! event
See how science and creativity are making a better world at the South Bank Parklands on 23-24 March. Have your portrait drawn by a robot, play a game against a machine, and discover the possibilities of ‘growing’ your own clothes. Visitto see what QUT has on offer as part of the World Science Festival.
Torrens University: Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School(BMIHMS) at Torrens University has campuses in Sydney, Melbourne and Leura (in the Blue Mountains). It offers internationally recognised hospitality and business degree courses in International Hotel and Resort Managementand International Event Management.
BMIHMS conducts a Career Focus Days Programthree times a year. The three-day program provides interested students with a glimpse of what hotel, event or restaurant management is like. The total cost of the focus program is $325. This includes transportation throughout the program (including pick up and drop off at Sydney Domestic Airport), accommodation, meals and activities during the program. For anyone who enrols in the degree program after attendign a Career Focus Days Program has the fee taken off their tuition or residential fees. For further information call 02 9307 4600 or email
UM: University of Melbourne Interstate Student and Family Day at the University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is holding an information day for interstate students and their families on Tuesday 16 April 2019 from 8.30am - 6:00 pm. This event is for interstate students who are thinking of attending the University of Melbourne to study an undergraduate degree. There will be presentations about the university, undergraduate degrees and graduate pathways, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Visit the websitefor details and to register to attend.
Upcoming Events:
26/03/2019 Meet Melbourne Online Online
28/03/2019 Meet Melbourne Online Online
16/04/2019 UM: Interstate Student Information Day Two Melbourne, VIC
UM: University of Melbourne Online Information Sessions
Interested in Studying at the University of Melbourne but won’t be able to attend an open day. The University of Melbourne is holding information sessions online for future students. In these sessions you can chat with staff from across the University about your study options, scholarships and entry requirements. You can take a virtual tour, get updated of any new information, join webinars about specific study areas and get tips on being job ready. For more information visit the University of Melbourne website.
UNE: The Joint Medical Programs
The Joint Medical Program(JMP) is offered jointly by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England. You can study on either a metropolitan (Newcastle) or rural (New England) campus. Clinical venues will give students metropolitan, regional and rural experience so students will be prepared to practice anywhere in Australia. This is a direct entry program that Year 12 students can apply for. There are no subject prerequisites for admission to this course. However, students may benefit from completing Chemistry and English. Applicants need to sit for UCAT and apply through JMPand UAC. For more information, read the Joint Medical program brochure here.
UQ College at St Lucia campus
UQ College is a company owned by the University of Queensland (UQ) and located at the St Lucia campus. It provides alternate pathways to university study. The programs offered include:
  • Tertiary Preparation Program– This free 28-week program is offered in January, May and September. It is an approved UQ Bridging Program and provides recognised prerequisite subjects. Students who successfully complete this program can apply through QTAC with an entry rank based on their results in the program. Apply directly to UQ College for this program.
  • Associate Degree in Business– This is a 16-month program. Successful completion (minimum GPA of 4) may provide an option to gain entry to UQ’s B Business Management with advanced standing. You apply through QTAC for this program, with intakes in January and September.You can access more information about these programs from the UQ College website.
UQ Employability Advantage Award
This program encourages undergraduate students to further develop their skills beyond the classroom and to produce well-rounded, highly sought-after graduates. You can enrol in the program at any time during your undergraduate (including honours) degree. Find out more on the website.
UQ: Apps
UQ students have access to several useful apps, including:
  • UQ Checklistfor new students
  • UQ Timetable Plannerto help students plan their semester timetable
  • UQ Carvingstake a stroll around the Great Court Carvings at UQ’s St Lucia Campus
  • UQ Contact- Contact Magazine is UQ’s key alumni and community publication
  • UQ Safe Zoneis an easy to use, location based application for mobile devices that connects staff and students directly with UQ Security Officers or Emergency Services during any type of emergency
  • UQ Walking Toursallows you to guide yourself on a self-paced tour around UQ’s campus facilities, buildings and services suing GPS to give you walking directions
  • UQnavhelps students find where things are on UQ campuses
  • UQ Blackboard- access mobile optimised Blackboard learn content
Find out more on the UQ Mobile Apps website.
UQ: FEAST registrations are now open
FEAST is a five-day residential program held at the UQ Gatton Campus for students in Years 10 – 12 who are interested in agriculture, animals, vet science, food and/or the environment. It will be held from 30 June 2019 - 4 July 2019. This is a popular program, so register now on the FEAST website.
Upcoming Events:
04/06/2019 UQ – Careers that Shape the World
UQ: The UQ Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL) Student Employability Team
Students doing a degree in Business, Economics or Law at UQ have access to a student employability service (BEL SET). The team assists in the placing of students with employers and the provision of employability events. Learn more about BEL SET on the website.
UQ: Updates on Careers that Shape the world event
Careers that shape the world– This event will be held on Tuesday 4 June 2019. It provides Year 11 and 12 students with seminars on a range of study topics that will help them discover the careers that are right for them. This is a popular event. It is important to register early for the sessions you are interested in.  Visit the websiteto explore the options available.
UQx– UQx offers free online courses (MOOCs) from UQ. Browse the courses available on the UQx website. Students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a course for a small fee.
USC and GU: Joint Medical Program
Is your dream to become a doctor?The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has a joint medical pathway with Griffith University (GU). USC's Bachelor of Medical Science is your first step. This highly competitive program provides provisional direct entry (subject to entry requirements) to Griffith University's Doctor of Medicine program - and to your future medical career. For more information regarding this pathway, visit the Bachelor of Medical Sciencewebpage on the USC website.
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